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Merkel, Sarkozy to hold debt crisis meeting

Merkel, Sarkozy to hold debt crisis meeting
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Chancellor Angela Merkel is to hold crisis talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy next week in a bid to solve the eurozone debt crisis amid continuing turmoil in financial markets.

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Sarkozy announced Thursday he had called the meeting in Paris for next Tuesday, with the aim of producing "joint proposals" on the governance of the eurozone before the end of the summer.

The announcement came as financial markets worldwide were in turmoil on concerns that the US and eurozone debt crisis may bring a new recession.

The eurozone crisis is fuelled by fears that Spain or Italy might default on their debt and possibly spark a break-up of the currency shared by 17 countries.

EU leaders are trying to implement a July agreement aimed at beefing up the euro's defences. But many of the measures need national parliamentary approval and that process could drag on to the end of the year in some cases.

Markets are wondering whether France and Germany can continue to underwrite the debts of troubled eurozone countries without losing their own top credit ratings and thus falling victim to the crisis themselves.

AFP/djw

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